Shalom. Let God speak afresh into your heart and remind you of the dreams you have.
God desires us to walk in the fullness of his intention for us. The limiting aspect of this isn’t God, it’s us. Often we begin passionate for the things God shows us, the dream of becoming who God calls us to be. But this requires sacrifice, commitment and a belief that God’s will is the best way to go.
I’m not sure how it happens but somewhere on the way I see some, too many if truth be known, settle for less than they say they want. They convince themselves that they can’t do that which they were so convinced about before. Some think they’ve grown up, seeing the reality of life and settle into the plan that is normative. They persuade themselves that the dream was never meant to be more than a dream. They become content, complacent, consumer driven. God becomes someone who serves their needs and blesses their plans, the Holy Spirit provides them with buzzes and emotional highs. They become disillusioned and some give up on church because it’s not what they’re looking for.
Not surprising, because this is never what the Christian journey should be. It will be challenging, it will be fun, scary, exhilarating, growing but it shouldn’t be boring.
Jesus invited us to bear our cross daily. To deny our own natural inclination and to obey the challenge to discover his desire for you. To be obedient to the Holy Spirit’s leading and guiding.
You see, I reckon a lot give up, because they stop seeking the kingdom and instead seek all those things that will be.
Because God calls each of us to journey with him. This we do as individuals in community en masse on our own.
Confusing? I sometimes find it is. Whilst we often act out our faith in community and discover our purpose alongside others, it is a profoundly intimate call to encounter God for yourself that fully releases us to be that person God creaed us to be. We cannot abdicate the responsibility, the privilege of this discovery to others and simply allow someone to tell you who you are in God. They may confirm, encourage, nurture and release that discovery, but it should always be something each of us discover and affirm to ourselves.
Also true is the reality that we can’t do it on our own. We must engage in this process in community, both large and small. Community allows the vessel of my deeds to be carried, but my attitude and relationship dtermines what those deeds are and how well they’re recieved. Community provides a context and a setting for my faith to grow; but it is my relationship with my saviour that fuels a true authentic growth.
Our communitty needs each one of us because each one of us forms, informs, reforms and transforms our community to respond to, engage and embrace the work of the Holy Spirit amongst and in us.
May this week see you encounter a transformation in some area of your life. Embrace both the change and the journey that gets you there.